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Volume 27, Number 4


April 2014


April Membership Meeting

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Central Lutheran Church, 15th & Cordova

7:00 PM


Membership Meeting Tuesday April 1:

  • Please bring a side dish (salads and dessert)

  • Raffle Coin - 1883 V Nickel "No Cents" PCGS MS63

  • Congratulations to New Club Officers:

    • President Glen Dean

    • Vice President Stewart Smith

    • Secretary Larry Nakata

    • Treasurer Stan Mead

    • Board Seat #1 Tim Burke

    • Board Seat #2 John Larson

    • Board Seat #3 Carl



March 4th Membership Meeting


Club meeting called to order at 7:15 pm by President Carl.

Door Prize: 2009D Lincoln Cent- Professional Life ANACS MS67 won by Jake Easley.

Membership Prize: 1939-P Lincoln Cent PCGS MS64 Red won by Phillip Elrod.

First order of business was the yearly election of officer (held every March meeting). Elected were:

Following election, gavel handed over to new President Glen Dean, who then conducted the remainder of the meeting.

On the matter of Old Business, Glen gave a synopsis of our club's Fur Rondy Coin Show held over two weekends at the University Center. Overall consensus by group - a very good show. Note: As a result of the coin show, new members signed up at our March 4th club meeting.

New Business: Stan Mead announced that our coin club's Summer Picnic will be held on Saturday, August 2nd at the Abbott Community Park located on Elmore Street (our club's Summer Picnic location over the years).

As there were quite a few coin lots for our March 4th Auction, it was decided to forego the presentation and move it to our April 1st membership meeting. Stan Mead will be giving a presentation on "Evolution of Coin Grading - Then and Now". Note: At the meeting, member Greg Allen also volunteered to do a presentation on "Building a Mint Set Collection" at our May 6th membership meeting.

March raffle coin, a 1902-O Morgan Dollar in MS63 condition, won by Joe Dibattista.

Raffle tickets were also available for sale for our club's August 2nd Summer Picnic raffle coin, a 1925-D $2 & 1/2 U.S. Indian Gold NGC AU58. Tickets available at $5 per ticket and will continue to be sold at each monthly membership meeting for this gold coin.

Club's monthly auction was then conducted. Members bid on Silent Auction lots (value $9 or less) as well as the live auction (coin values $10 or more).

Club meeting concluded at 8:40 pm following the monthly coin auction

Larry Nakata/ Secretary

March 19th Anchorage Coin Club
Board Meeting

ACC Board meeting called to order at 6:40 pm by club President Glen Dean. Meeting held at the Tumagain BBQ Restaurant located right next to the University Center.

Following distribution and review of correspondence, there was a discussion on coin shows to be conducted for the remainder of 2014. Discussed was a coin show following the release of the Permanent Dividend checks (in October) and a Christmas season coin show (in December). This should make 4 coin shows conducted by the Anchorage Coin Club for 2014. Dates to be chosen.

Stan Mead: Next year in June, 2015 there will be a Girl Scout Encampment Event at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer. Last year (June, 2013) a coin seminar was given by Stan Mead as one of the events - in which Girl Scouts attending received merit badges. The coin seminar was very well attended with lots of coins and numismatic items given out (Note: The ANA also provided our club lots of items for this event). The June, 2015 event will see about 1200 Girl Scouts attending. Like last year, Stan recommended we start to stock up on coins and numismatic items that can be provided this event. Looking for donations of coins, paper currency, and numismatic items.

Larry Nakata: Discussion on revamping our club's membership rates. Discussed were new categories and rates for:

This matter to be brought up as an agenda item at our April 1st membership meeting.

John Larson: April meeting raffle coin will be an 1883 "V" Nickel "No Cents Variety" PCGS MS63. John also will have raffle tickets available for the club's summer picnic raffle coin, a 1925-D $2& 1/2 U.S. Indian Gold graded NGC AU 58. Cost of raffle tickets for either prize will be $5/ticket, 5 tickets for $20, or 11 tickets for $40.

For our club's April 1st membership meeting, Stan Mead is ready with his presentation that was rescheduled (see Minutes of March 4th Meeting). Refreshments for April 1st club meeting will be chili dogs, chips, and soda pop (provided by the club). Members asked to bring in side dishes (desserts and salads) to augment.

As there was no further business to discuss, meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm

Larry Nakata/ Secretary


Coins from Bill Fivaz - April 1 Coin Auction

1. 1939-P 5c DDR #1 (Strong) VG Minimum Bid (MB) $10

2. 1936-S 10c MS-65 FB MB 55

3. 1937-D 10c MS-65 FB MB 65

4. 1941-D W.L. 50c AU-55 MB 15

5. 1948-D 50c BU FBL MB 20

6. 1963-P 50c UNC (Great Obv. Toning!) MB 10

7. 1893 Columbia 50c AU-55 MB 15

8. Army/Navy Civil war Token EF-45 MB 25

9. Ancient Coin (nice!) VF/EF MB 15

10. 1995 PROOF ASW UDCAM MB 65

11. Donation Coin: 1930-P 5c Double Die Obv. VF-25


A Message From the President

My fellow Anchorage Coin Club Members,

I would like to thank each of you for allowing me the honor of being your President for the coming year. But, as I know from experience, a leader is only as strong as those he leads. Thankfully, there are many wonderful members in this group and I think we have a very successful program. However, there is always room for improvement. I want the members of our club to feel like they can approach any one of your elected officials and make suggestions that you feel might benefit the club.

I would like to thank Carl for his fine work the past two years as President. He is certainly a great asset to our club and we are much better for having him as a member.

I have some ideas for the coming year that would involve more participation of club members. I feel sometimes that a few are doing all the work. I want everyone to think that they have a purpose for being there besides eating and buying. I feel the most important contribution of our club is sharing knowledge. Our greatest asset in the club is the collective knowledge of our members. Each person is there because they have a particular interest in some aspect of Numismatics. What is that interest? We all want to know what it is that you like and perhaps you may find others with similar interest. Don't be shy. I will be the first to tell you that my knowledge of collecting is meager. But, I have a desire to increase my knowledge. I know this is only done through putting yourself in a position that forces you to achieve that knowledge. Make a presentation on something you have always wanted to know more about. Become a club president or officer. I have because I am seeking the knowledge it takes to become successful in this hobby.

Thanks. Let's have a great year.

Glen Dean/President


Confessions of a Collector

Hi, my name is Glen and I am a collector. I began collecting at a very young age. My first collection was baseball cards. That was a popular thing to collect in my youth. I had every team, every player and could tell you the stats on each and every one of them.

From there it progressed to marbles. When we had playground time in those days, we played marbles. I was good and began collecting quite a large horde of many varieties. I had a weapon that made me superior to all those other guys. We never had girls play. My weapon - my thumb. My right thumb was short and powerful, giving me greater control and accuracy. I still have hundreds of the marbles from that era. I have since collected thousands more.

It was in my junior high days that I learned about collecting coins. I have the Boy Scouts to thank for that. Yes, I had a large collection of merit badges. One of them, you guessed it, Coin Collecting. The requirements for collecting a merit badge have changed a bit since my day but still, a lot of the basics are the same. We had to learn how coins are made and which mints were still active. Identify some of the common terms obverse, reverse, reeding type set, date set. Explain uncirculated, fine, good, etc. and show examples of each. Present three ways of storing coins. Demonstrate the knowledge of using reference books. Make a collection of circulating coins of my choice. I chose pennies because they were cheapest. I had collections of Indian Head and Lincoln. Both were in circulation.

One must identify the persons of each denomination and finally, give a talk to the troop. I worked in the lunchroom taking money during Junior High days. It was only twenty-five cents for lunch. I then counted the money and pulled out all the Indians and some of the older Lincolns. After Junior High, those coins just sat in a closet for decades. I had other interest in High School and College.

My interest in coin collecting didn't peak again until my thirties when I was earning enough income to devote some extra cash to building collections. Here we are again at collections. My collection grew but my knowledge was not growing. It hasn't been until the last ten years that I found that my knowledge needed to increase in order to enjoy the importance of what I had been collecting all those years.

I still collect marbles but my baseball and comic books got lost (discarded) during the many moves my family made in my youth. I now collect antique cameras (I have nearly a hundred), antique jars and tools, books, arrow heads and Native American artwork. My wife would tell you I collect a lot of junk but I say I will need it some day.

So, no matter what you're collecting, you are a member of that group of us that go to all those meetings and talk about what we have, don't have, did have and wish we did have. It is an addiction and I don't know the cure. Most of us will die from the disease. But, unlike some of my friends with other addictions, I have something valuable to show for my efforts. Therefore, I can say, some addictions can be good.

Thanks, my name is Glen and I am a collector

Lincoln Indian


"Coin & Country: Celebrating Civic Service" 2014 National Coin Week, April 20-26

Coin Week 2014

Coins and paper money have been a source of national and civic pride as well as a call to action for people to serve their communities. National Coin Week 2014 will highlight the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar and President John F. Kennedy's famous call to, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Every year during the third full week of April, the ANA and its members celebrate National Coin week by letting others know about the joy of collecting and studying coins and other forms of money. The theme for this years event is "Coin & Country: Celebrating Civic Service."

For the 2014 edition of NCW, the ANA is holding a contest that promotes civic service. To participate, all ANA members can enter the contest by volunteering at a nonprofit organization such as a school, advocacy center, park, museum or other qualified organization and documenting their experiences.

Entries can be in video (under three minutes) or image-and-text format (150 to 300 words with image).

The member who best promotes the merit of his or her nonprofit entity and the importance of volunteerism will receive a Proof 2014 American Eagle quarter-ounce gold coin.

Quarter Ounce Gold

The second-place prize will be a Proof 2014-P Civil Rights Act of 1964 silver dollar and a 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof set.

The third-place prize is a Proof 1996-S National Community Service silver dollar and a 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof set.

An activity for students K-12, encouraging children to get involved in their communities, is also offered.

For more information about these contests, go to the special NCW page at the ANA website, at To get involved in 2014 National Coin Week, telephone the ANA at 719-482-9814, or write to American Numismatic Association, 818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Coin And Country




ADDRESS :_________________________________________________

CITY:________________________ STATE:_______ ZIP:___________

TELEPHONE (HOME):________________________________


MY COLLECTING INTERESTS ARE:________________________________




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          $25 / Year Regular Membership

          $10 / Year Youngsters & School Aged Kids up to Grade 12

          $10 / Year for Seniors, Handicapped Members,
                    and Associate Members Living Outside Anchorage

Send application and dues to :

Anchorage Coin Club
P.O. Box 230169
Anchorage, Alaska 99523



Tickets $5 each, 5 tickets for $20, or 11 tickets for $40.

Purchase and Drawing at the next meeting.

1902-O Morgan Dollar graded MS-63

Stay tuned for Summer 2014 Raffle



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